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Military officer out of control opens fire at Parachute Brigade in West Attica

A military officer opened fire with blank rounds and threw flash-bang grenades at the 2nd Parachute Brigade in Aspropyrgos, in western Attica on Friday, media report.

According to some websites, the officer is alleged to have taken a fellow officer hostage during the incident.

Others report that after he allegedly shot a real bullet into the tires of the commander’s car, he then threw two smoke bombs inside the command post.

The man who has been serving for over 20 years was in an agitated state and had reportedly a dispute with the brigade’s commander.

Other unit officers immediately realized the danger of the situation and made sure to safely remove the commander.

The Military Police intervened and subsequently arrested the officer.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff, General Konstantinos Floros, and police units rushed to the scene.

The General Staff investigates the incident, an official announcement may be released.

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